John Ball papers

John Ball papers

Dates: 1819-1932

Handwritten correspondence, diaries, ledgers, newspaper and magazine articles, accounts of travels, legal documents, and miscellaneous items. The correspondence deals largely with Ball's explorations and with family matters. The materials document Ball's explorations in the American Northwest with Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth in 1832, his visit to Hawaii in 1833, and his explorations in Michigan. The collection also relates to Ball's activities as a lawyer and as a politician in Michigan. Ball wrote an autobiography 1874 which was published in 1925.

  • Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Ball, John, 1794-1884
  • Call Number: MSS 1741
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1741; Papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1741, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Ball, John, 1794-1884; Wyeth, Nathaniel J. (Nathaniel Jarvis), 1802-1856; Explorers--United States--History--Sources; Hawaii--History--To 1893--Sources; Immigration and American Expansion; Lawyers--Michigan--History--Sources; Michigan--History--1837---Sources; Northwest, Pacific--History--Sources; Overland journeys to the Pacific--History--Sources; Overland Journeys to the Western United States; Politicians--Michigan--History--Sources
Genre / Form
Articles; Autobiographies; Diaries; Letters; Newspapers
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Ball (John) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-02-06T12:48-0700
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

American author, explorer, lawyer, and politician.

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